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Coastal Communities and Regional Development

University Centre of the Westfjords

18 months
2038 EUR/year
1019 EUR/year
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The Coastal Communities and Regional Development from University Centre of the Westfjords is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program on the development of rural and remote areas in the past and in the future. It focuses on coastal communities along the North Atlantic and the Arctic, although theoretical foundations might be found in other regions.


The Coastal Communities and Regional Development program from University Centre of the Westfjords is especially built on the principle and practice of sociology, economics, geography and planning. 

The language of teaching and general communication is English. 

The program is offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the program students understand the changes and challenges of coastal communities' development, and have versed themselves in methods and skills to predict their development and manage it. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Migration and Population Development
  • Talking Science
  • Community and the Build Environment
  • Pollution in the Coastal Arctic
  • Marine Protected Areas Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • February 15 - First deadline
  • April 15 - Second deadline*

*Non-EU/EEA citizens: we recommend to apply before the first deadline.  




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Conditions for acceptance into the Coastal Communities and Regional Development program are that the applicant must have completed an undergraduate university degree with first grade, regardless of if it is a BA, BSc or BEd. 
  • Candidates can come from diverse education and work backgrounds, as the interdisciplinary nature of the study is based on many fields such as geography, social sciences, economics, and planning.
  • English is the communication and educational language of the program. It is anticipated that applicants from Iceland, Scandinavia and the English-speaking countries possess adequate skills in the language. Other applicants must demonstrate sufficient English skills (CEFR level C1) with recognised tests. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2038 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2038 EUR per year during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1019 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1019 EUR per year during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA - ISK 150,000
  • Non EU/EEA - ISK 300,000

Living costs for Ísafjörður

122000 - 164000 ISK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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